updated 2/18/2007 5:26:16 PM ET 2007-02-18T22:26:16

Israel's police commander resigned Sunday after a government commission said he ignored ties between senior officers and underworld figures and failed to ensure a thorough investigation into the 1999 killing of a suspected crime boss.

Moshe Karadi announced his intention to resign at a news conference at police headquarters in Jerusalem. He said the government would determine when he would step down.

The commission, headed by a judge, harshly criticized Karadi and other senior police commanders for their handling of the 1999 killing and other offenses involving a well-known Israeli crime family.

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